Dr. Janet Briggs
Dr. Janet Briggs is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at Black Hills State University. She received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics from BHSU in 1977, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from BHSU in 1990, a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from South Dakota State University in 1994 and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota in 2008. She began her teaching career in 1977 teaching at various elementary schools in South Dakota and Wyoming. From 1979-1982, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone teaching mathematics to elementary teachers.
In 2000, she started working at the Center for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CAMSE) at BHSU as the manager of a National Science Foundation grant in Science Education. From 2000 until 2018, she worked as a Science Education Specialist at CAMSE, teaching undergraduate classes in science education and graduate classes for the Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction program. She was the recipient of over $500,000 in grant funding to support professional development for teachers during her time at CAMSE. She began her tenure as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education in 2018.
Dr. Briggs serves as a curator of Earth Science teaching resources for the NGSS@NSTA online hub sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association. Her research interests center on teacher implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.